The smoke blew in again today. It makes it so unpleasant to be outside in such terrible air quality. Hopefully, it will blow out again tomorrow.
We’ve got a big week ahead of us–lots of harvesting and marketing. More seeding, planting, weeding and watering too. The Saturday market in Ashland was fun and proved better sales for us on the first market day than ever at Medford. People were really happy to have a market on Saturday in Ashland too. We really enjoyed it.
Josh, Everett and I took most of the day off except for some planning and watering. We had brunch with friends and then spent some time down at the creek floating in an innertube and playing with rocks. It was relaxing.
We also walked the field, which was nice to do because we hadn’t in awhile. We did some good planning for the week and figured out what needed more management and more water. We’ve had no success on two plantings of cucumbers. We are going to try one more planting and we’ll see if we get better germination and growth. We may just be too late this year for cucumbers.
We’ve relocated one fox and need to see if we can trap one more to end this strawberry massacre that is occurring. We ate a few ripe strawberries today. They were so good! We hope we can solve this problem soon. It really brings up an interesting dilemma for us as organic farmers who really want to farm with nature and wildlife, but in instances like this, where a whole strawberry crop is wiped out by foxes, it makes management really hard. There are times I just want to let the foxes eat what is there and forget we ever had strawberries. But, most of the time, I’d like the foxes to find another place to eat and live, so we can pick strawberries for market and keep working at making this farming thing work. It is just another example of finding balance in all this craziness of farming.
Here’s a picture from the first Saturday Ashland market. We had ALOT of head lettuce! My plan is to take a lot of pictures of the farm this Wednesday (which is the day Josh watches Everett and I manage the harvest). Until then….